Are you currently using Google Chrome? We always recommend Google Chrome over any other browser for one simple reason – it’s quick. And it’s super handy too. However, there are little hacks to make your life easier and your search faster even if you’re already using this browser.
1. Control the Tabs. Use Ctrl+T to open a new tab or Ctrl+Shift+T to reopen recently closed tabs – great for those moments you close a tab accidentally.
2. Use the address bar. You can use the address bar to search for what you’re looking for on Google without typing the actual address. Need to jump to the address bar quickly? Use Ctrl+l and you’ll get to the address bar without using a mouse.
3. Zoom in and Zoom out the whole page using Ctrl++ or Ctrl+-. This is really handy if you need to read a smaller text or see the detailed picture, Ctrl+0 will return you to the normal page size.
4. Open the link in a new tab using Ctrl+click combination. It’s so useful when you’re reading an article and want to check the link from the article later. Or if you want to read something on the page later.
5. Search for a specific word on the page. Now, this combination applies to any browser or page: just use Ctrl+F and a search panel will appear where you can enter what you’re looking for and find it instead of scanning the page for ages.
6. Use Chrome Incognito mode when you log into Facebook, Twitter or email from someone else’s computer. You can also use this mode to get your friends to use a browser on your computer. To open the Incognito mode simple click Ctrl+Shift+N. Incognito mode doesn’t keep your passwords or search history.
7. Use Google Chrome Address Bar instead of a calculator. Just try a simple calculation now. You can also use it as a translator by typing the word you want to translate and in which language (“I love you in German” for example). Or get an instant currency converter by typing the amount of currency you want to convert and to which currency you want to convert it to (“2300EUR to GBP” for example).
8. Delete your browsing history in swift. The Ctrl+ Shift+Delete combination will open a window that allows you to clear your Cookies, last visited pages, passwords and cache. You should delete your browsing history every now and then to free up the space on your computer (yes, these are saved as physical files) and for diagnostics.
9. Save a web page as a PDF or print it. Want to save the page for later or want to use it as an offline example? You can save it as PDF. Just click Ctrl+P and choose “Save as PDF” instead of a printer. Or just print it!
10. Make Chrome faster. Sometimes you can be stuck on one page or a page will not load for you properly. This could be due to many background processes in Chrome. To check what’s running in your browser, click on the options on the top-right corner, select “More Tasks” and then “Task Manager”. See anything on the list you don’t recognise? Select it and press “End Process”.
Is Google Chrome the only thing you ever use on your computer? You might consider getting a TOSHIBA Chromebook. What is it? TOSHIBA Chromebook is just like any other computer but it relies on the Operating System based on Chrome – yes your browser. All of the apps are run in the Cloud (ie via the Internet) – so you don’t really need to install any programs and all your information is always backed up automatically and is available everywhere (under the password protection off course).
TOSHIBA Chromebook currently in stock for €279 incl VAT.
Want to find out more about the Chromebook? Give us a call on 01 4949556.